OK, so if you have been following along you will know that last week I was finally able to get my hands on the new Fujifilm XF 50mm F2 R WR. I did a quick unboxing video and some very brief thoughts on the build quality and such in my post last week, if you are interested in that you can watch it here.
Today I wanted to give some more complete initial impressions on the lens now that I have had some time to play with it some more and really see how it performs when paired with my X-Pro2. I did have to spend the entirety of last weekend in the hospital with a bit of a Crohn’s Disease flare up, so I did not get to use the lens until Tuesday of this week. which why this post got pushed into the weekend.
I have done some basic image quality tests with the lens and I was also able to use the lens during an actual shoot with a client. So I have had some good experience with the XF 50mm F2 R WR going into these initial impressions. As far as the image quality goes in my quick tests, I am very pleased with what I am seeing from this lens so far, it doesn’t appear to suffer from any wide-open haze like the XF 23mm F2 does, and it feels much more in line with the excellent image quality that we have come to love about the XF 35mm F2.
The images are sharp throughout the range and the combination of bokeh and compression makes for some great out of focus areas. It won’t match the 56mm at F1.2, but I don’t think anyone should have been expecting it to. For what it is, and what its limitations are as an F2 lens, I feel like this is right what it needs to be.
XF 50mm F2 R WR Test Shots
In the image slider above you can see the XF 50mm F2 run through its full range of available apertures. Starting with F2 down to F16, this will allow you to see how the out of focus areas and such change as the aperture closes. You can click on the gallery to pull up a larger view of the images.
Now for how the lens worked at the photo shoot. Honestly, there is not much to say here, it worked perfectly. As you all know about me by now, I shoot in fairly low light and use a lot of shadow in my work, so it can be a struggle for some lenses, but the XF 50mm F2 R WR worked great during my session. I didn’t find myself waiting on the AF at all, even with the smallest AF selection point, which is nice as both the other F2 lenses have had hiccups with that at times.
I won’t go anymore in depth than this for now. This is just some initial impressions after all. But suffice it to say that I feel like Fujifilm have knocked it out of the park again with this lens, and with that I’ll leave you with some image samples from my session. Enjoy!